Horse Racing: Rachel Alexandra Doing “Better Than Expected” After Second Procedure

2009 Horse of the Year, and the immensely popular, Rachel Alexandra is doing  “better than expected” despite a second (minor) surgical procedure performed this past Saturday according to a statement from owner Stonestreet Farm.

Veterinarians at Rood & Riddle in Lexington, Ky. have been closely monitoring the champion since she underwent abdominal surgery following foaling complications February 13

“As part of the continuous evaluation and monitoring that Rachel is receiving at Rood & Riddle, an abscess adjacent to her reproductive tract and rectum was found Saturday morning,” said Dr. Brett Woodie, in a statement released by Rood & Riddle.

The hospital reported “the abscess was drained successfully via a standing surgical procedure, throughout which Rachel’s vital signs remained normal. She came through the procedure well and was even able to graze this afternoon,” the statement said.

Dr. Brett Woodie, who performed the surgery, calls the recovery of the 7-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro “better than expected.”

Saturday’s procedure comes 26 days after Rachel Alexandra underwent a surgical procedure to repair a damaged area in her abdomin from complications of foaling a Bernardini filly on Feb 11.

Momma Rachel with her 2012 foal (a colt by Curlin)

Momma Rachel with her 2012 foal (a colt by Curlin)

  • Deborah Hill

    Praying for her. Will she be able to have babies after all of this? I am so glad you are taking such good care of her. She very much so deserves the best care and I hope she has a person or companion animal to comfort her.

    • Gerard

      Deborah, thanks for the reply…..she is getting the best care possible, I guarantee you that

  • http://microsoft Jasmine Jordan

    Greed rules again – she’s being bred as soon as she foals

  • http://msn.com vincent

    My favorite horse of all time. The 2009 Woodward Stakes was the best race I have ever seen in person, she brought sheer joy to everyone who attended that day. I love her and hope she is doing well.

    • Gerard

      Agreed sir……except for maybe for her Preakness…..that might have been a better race

  • debbie owens

    I am so glad that she is okay. Please give Rachel and the baby a big hug and kiss for me. I do check on her progress daily.
    Famous Quote:
    The outside of a horse, is good for the inside of man!!
    And that is so true.

    “Winston Churchill”

    • Gerard

      I will Debbie….thank you…and nice quote you got there

  • paul randall

    ALL HORSES ARE SPECIAL TO ME BECAUSE I HAVE THEM TO THANK FOR THE WONDERFUL LIFE THEY HAVE ALLOWED ME TO SHARE BUT RACHEL WILL ALWAYS MAINTAIN HER OWN SPOT IN MY HEART FOR BEING THERE FOR ME TO FOCUS ON IN THE SUMMER OF 2009 WHEN I NEEDED IT THE MOST.SHE CAPTURED MY HEART AND SOUL FROM THE FIRST TIME I SAW HER.I PRAY EVERY DAY FOR HER RECOVERY AND KNOW SHE WILL BE BACK TO NORMAL SOON.THANKS RACHEL,YOU WILL ALWAYS BE NUMBER ONE TO ME.STONESTREET AWAITS YOUR RETURN.GOD BLESS

    • http://isportsweb.com/members/apadula/ Gerard Apadula

      Yes Paul….horses have a way of easing our worried minds….dont they? thanks for the reply